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Documentary Coming Soon: Our Land is the Sea

CSEAS is excited to announce a new documentary in partnership with the Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS) at Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia.


Our Land is the Sea/Air Tanahku is a 25-minute documentary about three generations of a Bajau family in Wakatobi National Park, Indonesia, who are navigating drastic cultural and environmental change. In preparation for a ceremony that marks their son’s entrance to adulthood, this Bajau family grapples with how coral reef extinction, economic change, ethnic discrimination, and changing practices of Islam will mean a different life for their children and their people in the future.

This film was written and directed by Kelli Swazey and Matt Colaciello of the Global Workshop as part of the Voicing Diversity project, a collaboration between CRCS and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa. The film will be hosted on both centers’ webpages as part of a multimedia resource on diversity in Southeast Asia for educational use in the US and Indonesia.

Learn more on the film’s website.